Tips on ordering Hors d’Oeuvres & Cocktail Receptions

What is a "Cocktail-Reception"?

A "cocktail-menu" is when you serve hors d'oeuvres exclusively. There are no main dishes or side dishes. It can either be "finger food" or food served on small plates.

When is it appropriate to serve a Cocktail Reception menu?

Cocktail Receptions are appropriate in the afternoon, between meals, at “cocktail hour”

What time of day is the event?

If it is in between meals, light fare is appropriate.
If it is at a meal time, feed your guests, don't just tantalize them, especially if they have traveled to attend your wedding!

If you have a limited budget, should you serve only hors d’oeuvres or a Cocktail Reception?

Not necessarily. If you are having a Cocktail Reception during a mealtime or a four hour plus party, particularly if serving alcohol, you should consider serving a meal rather than just hors d’oeuvres. Our hors d’oeuvres are hand-crafted and labor intensive, often made with more expensive ingredients and are ordered by the piece. If you do wish to have a Cocktail Reception menu for an evening party, we recommend heartier selections, including our small plate/duets and serving more items per person. Please discuss your budget, timing of party and other details with our chef in order to have the perfect offering to satiate your guests!

How do you calculate the quantity to serve?

As a precursor to a meal, we recommend three different hors d’oeuvres selections and calculating two items/ per person, or 6 items per person total.
If it is a cocktail reception and you are serving hors d’oeuvres only, you should probably consider one or two of the small plate/duets we offer and more hors d’oeuvres items per person to properly satiate your guests. We can customize your menu based on number of guests, time and length of party, budget and whether you are serving alcohol at the event.

Our chef will be happy to work with you on quantity and selections of menu items to satiate your guests and stay within your budget!